Be Straw Free
Be Straw Free Campaign: News and Press
Since 2010, I continue to have the privilege of speaking at schools, organizations, conferences, and seminars, as well as to individuals, about finding and getting involved with projects that interest and inspire them to follow their passions. I interview with blogs, newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs, and I always enjoy speaking to students who research my project for school. If you would like to reach out to me, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email. (Due to my schedule, 3-5 days notice works best.)
International Speaking Tours: I have been honored to speak to tens of thousands of students in Australia, Portugal, Germany, France, Italy, and England, about my Be Straw Free Project, and encourage them to take personal and collective action in their communities.
Watch my interview on the Be Straw Free campaign, picked up by CNN in March 2011
Be Straw Free News and Press, 2010 - 2013
July 2013: Colorado governor declares statewide Straw Free Day! Check out the proclamation.
August 2013: Milo featured in Colorado Parent magazine
September 2013: Milo continues International Speaking Tour to Washington, DC and several European countries beginning September 2013
May 2013: Milo's Be Straw Free campaign featured in Green Lodging News
April 2013: Milo returns from first leg of International Speaking Tour to Australia where he spoke at schools and events in Australia. The Mayor of Manly officially declared Offer First a best practice city-wide!
Earth Day 2013: Milo partners with Xanterra to launch Be Straw Free at all their National Park properties
November 2012: Milo speaks at national People Profits Planet Conference in Texas
October 2012: Milo speaks at Colorado Ocean Coalition Conference
July 2012: Milo's campaign featured in Christian Science Monitor
July 2012: Be Straw Free joins with Eco-Cycle
June 2012: Milo speaks at the LOHAS conference in Boulder, CO.
April 2012: Thank you to all those who helped with the Beach Cleanup over Earth Day weekend! About 30 volunteers showed up to help clean up the beaches near Provincetown, MA, and together we collected a half a ton of trash over the two days. There was far more trash on the beach than we were able to pick up! Huge and many thanks for participating!
December 2011: Milo invited back to speak at Boston University, this time sharing the stage with well-known researcher Cpt. Charles Moore.
September 2011: Milo wins Everyday Young Hero Award from Youth Service America (YSA) for his efforts with Be Straw Free.
September 2011: Milo featured on CNN's "Big I" program with Randi Kaye.
August 2011: Milo speaks at Boston University to standing ovation.
August 2011: Milo has terrific interview with Elizabeth Hopkins broadcast live on Fox 25 in Boston!
May 2011: Milo meets with Mayor Bob Kiss of Burlington, VT to discuss how to make Burlington the first city in the nation where it may become standard that restaurant staff offer cutomers a straw rather than putting a straw in every drink automatically. The mayor issues a Be Straw Free proclamation.
May 2011: Letter to Milo from Senator Sanders: "I believe that small individual steps like this one are a critically important part of keeping our environment healthy for future generations to enjoy... I look forward to meeting you in July in my Washington, DC office. "
April 2011: NECN News Broadcast and National Restaurant Association Press Release
April 2011: National Restaurant Association Recognizes Milo for his suggestion that restaurants offer straws to patrons instead of putting a straw in every drink. Chris Moyer, the Program Manager of the Conserve Initiative (of the National Restaurant Association) said, "I could not agree more with Milo that offering straws to guests instead of automatically giving them one is a quick and easy way restaurants can help reduce waste and conserve natural resources, as well as save money on supply purchases."
March 2011: Letter to Milo from VT Congressman Welch: "Congratulations on the success of the Be Straw Free project...Every smart thing helps!"
March 2011: Milo and his team launch the international initiative, Each One Reach One
March 2011: Milo and Be Straw Free hit the Evening News on WPTZ , and WCAX/CNN.
February 2011: Milo attends the non-profit Legislative Conference hosted by CCTV and Common Good Vermont and has the opportunity to meet Governor Shumlin and explain his BeStrawFree project. The same day, Milo testifies before the Vermont House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. Listen to Milo's testimony (courtesy of the Vermont House Natural Resources and Energy Committee).
January 2011: Milo's BeStrawFree project launches in Vermont.